"We have the buyout, there's that, and then there will be whatever liquidated damages," Spetman told the Orlando Srentinel. "If we aren't able to find another team, that's what we're going to have to look at. You're talking about a lot of money."
Now, if FSU can convince Oklahoma - in need of a non-conference game - to come to Tallahassee for a second straight season, then that's a "comparable" opponent to WVU, not to mention something that could be facilitated through the Big 12 office.
THE TWO Big East defectors besides WVU - Syracuse and Pittsburgh - learned more about their introduction to the ACC last week at that conference's league meetings, where athletic directors and faculty representatives approved scheduling models.
When the Orange and Panthers join the league, the ACC will go to a nine-game conference football schedule, joining the Pac-12, Big 12 and Big Ten among its BCS brethren in playing nine league games in the future.
Syracuse will be placed in the Atlantic Division (with Clemson and Florida State, etc.), and Pitt goes to the Coastal (with Virginia Tech, Miami, etc.). Pitt and SU will be each other's primary crossover scheduling partner.
Each team will play the other six divisional foes and its crossover partner annually, plus two rotating foes from the other division. A six-year cycle allows each team to play divisional opponents and the primary crossover team six times (three home, three away) and face each rotating crossover opponent twice (home, away).
In men's and women's basketball, the ACC already was moving from 16- to 18-game league schedules in 2012-13 even before the Pitt and Syracuse decision. When the ACC gets to 14 teams, there will be seven scheduling partnerships of nice geography (Boston College, Syracuse; Maryland, Pitt; Virginia Tech, Virginia; North Carolina, Duke; Georgia Tech, Clemson; Miami, Florida State; N.C. State, Wake Forest).
In a three-year cycle, a team will face every ACC opponent at least once, with the geographic partners playing home and away annually. The other 12 rotate in groups of four; one year home and away; one year at home only and one year away only.
Over a three-year cycle, primary partners play six times and all other conference opponents play four times. All 14 members will play in the ACC Tournament annually, in a format to be determined.
And make no mistake about it, the additions of Syracuse and Pitt were hoops-first moves by the ACC, after the previous expansion to 12 with VT, Miami and BC was made to boost football - which it has only marginally, and only through the Hokies' perennial 10 or 11 wins since moving.
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